My 365

There are new posts coming: a newborn session, an engagement session, and two family sessions, one of which was technically rained out, but we went ahead with it because their 3-year-old had a Hello Kitty umbrella. It’ll be worth checking back.

In the meantime, I wanted to share some photos from my latest 365 project.

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This is my fifth attempt at one of these, and while I hope this is the year I finally finish, I’m not willing to declare that it will be. I believe in jinxes, and I don’t want to make one here.

After all, I once made it all the way to November and then quit.

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Five attempts is a lot. So why am I still trying? There’s an easy answer, which is that I want to document a year of my life. But there’s a more complicated answer, too… one that took four failed attempts to discover.

I’ve been alive for three decades plus two years, and while childhood feels very far away, it also seems as though I got here quickly. Like many people my age, I am not where I expected to be. It sometimes bothers me.

I strongly believe that one of the most challenging things we face as humans is feeling an appropriate sense of gratitude for what we have. We’re culturally wired to look past what’s directly in front of us. To narrow our field of vision, we think, is to narrow our minds.

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I like ambition. But I also like sleeping in, reading a book in my armchair, eating a hot breakfast, snuggling with my friends’ children, and hearing my cat purr when I scratch him behind his ears.

Many of us, upon seeing a beautiful sunset, marvel at it as though it’s the first one we’ve seen. There’s something in all of us that refuses to deny the beauty in our present, regardless of whether or not it mirrors our innermost hopes.

To do a 365 project is to see that sunset for the first time, every time.

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In the course of the past six months, I have photographed a plastic dinosaur, my wallet, a railroad crossing, pencils, nail polish, a high-five, and a plate of blackberries. The irony is that in the right light, these apparently monotonous subjects have made for some lovely photographs.

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A 365 project forces you to tighten your eyesight, to look at the life you’re living now and make it pretty.

And in doing so, you realize it’s not that hard.

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